It was when the volunteers of Shri Aniruddha Upasana Foundation conducted a detailed survey in rural and remote areas, it was found that the number of the students attending school has been steadily on the decline. One of the main reasons behind this decline was, poor financial condition of the families of these school going children. It also did not allow their families to spend on their education and the required stationery. The increasing costs of notebooks have made it completely unaffordable for the people from rural areas to buy them. This was observed to be the main reason behind the absenteeism at schools. Students were also avoiding their studies because of this very reason. This all was resulting in rise of illiteracy.
Taking this situation in consideration, Shri Aniruddha Upasana Foundation decided to conduct an ongoing programme in which notebooks would be distributed for free these needy students. Accordingly for more than 10 years, Foundation has been organizing free notebook distribution programme at all the schools. As all the schools start from the month of June hence volunteers of Shri Aniruddha Upasana Foundation conduct surveys in the remote areas, 2 to 3 months prior to this month. A detailed records of these needy students along with the names of their school, is then sent by them to the Head Office of the Foundation. Based on the facts and figures of this survey the Foundation purchases the required number of notebooks and then distributes them for free at the surveyed schools. The survey reports are studied in detail by the authorities of the Foundation and maximum care is taken so that only the needy and poor children get the benefit of this free notebook distribution. The Foundation also co-ordinates the activities of its notebook distribution programme with another of its programme, ‘Vidya Prakash Yojna’ (Light of Education Programme) so that these children together get the candles, matchboxes and notebooks for aiding them in their schooling and education.
APPRECIATION OF WORK:
The Foundation has received innumerable appreciation letters and certificates from many educational institutions from these remote areas for this programme which is conducted by it. The Foundation has received multiple feedbacks from many teachers in which they have clearly testified that this programme, implemented by Foundation has increased the attendance at the schools, decreased the dropout rates and has recultivated interest and enthusiasm in the minds of these children towards their study and education.